Benefits of Co-op Experiences

Co-operative education allows students to participate in valuable learning experiences that help prepare them for the next stage of their lives, whether in apprenticeship training, college, community living, university or the workplace.

Benefits of Co-operative Education include:

  • Gain practical work experience in areas that complement your personal strengths, interests and educational needs
  • Discover new personal strengths and skills
  • Actively learn and thrive as a responsible team member in the “real world” in an area chosen by you
  • Have a co-op teacher facilitate entry into a workplace not usually available to students prior to formal training
  • Extend your high school experience to include a practical component before choosing your post-secondary destination
  • Confirm career decisions before starting post-secondary education, including apprenticeships
  • Build an evidence-based career portfolio to support the application process for work, college or university
  • Establish contacts in the workplace for networking opportunities and gain references for future employment
  • Earn multiple credits towards your high school diploma- two co-op credits can be used to fulfill the OSSD compulsory requirements
  • Develop the marketable skills necessary for success in the workplace